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The Gurdon Institute


Our mission is to make our fundamental biological research accessible and responsive to the public for the mutual benefits of inspiration, knowledge-exchange and trust. This mission will be achieved by mobilising and developing the skills and expertise of all Gurdon Institute members and our collaborators.

Throughout the year, the PE team organises a range of opportunities for Gurdon Institute students and staff to get involved in Public Engagement with Research (PER). The PE team is also always open to co-creating new projects with staff, students and external collaborators.

PER has plenty to offer to scientists who get involved:

  • It's a chance to develop transferable skills such as: communication, team work, social media skills, film, sound or photo editing skills, project management, creativity, leadership, strategic thinking, and evaluation skills
  • The benefits are similar to interdisciplinary research: learning to express ideas clearly and concisely and ask questions you may not have considered otherwise
  • Grant applications ask for PER plans to justify the relevance and impact of research
  • Often, scientists say that PER activities remind them of what excites them about science

In addition to the activities listed in our programme and our home page or co-creating a project with the PE team, our staff and students are also eligible to participate in University trainings about public engagement:

We also frequently collaborate with the University's Public Engagement Team.

Check out this page to read more about our PE strategy and plans for the future.

PE Programme